First things first!
Whenever I get asked about depression by a client the 1st question I have for them is what is your vitamin D level. Many times their doctors never run a test unless asked. If you are under 50 ng/ml you are deficient plain and simple !
Second question I have for them is how many times a week do they engage in fresh air & sunshine? How often are they exercising? Third question how much of your diet has processed foods in it, like boxed food, unhealthy oils,sugars or artificial sweeteners? Here
is why that is so important! Because of the brain gut connection.
All of this greatly affects your mood. Here are some stats from Chris Kresser!
The most widely prescribed drugs in the U.S. are not for pain management, cholesterol lowering, heartburn or hypertension.
They’re for depression.
Last year doctors wrote $232.7 million prescriptions for antidepressants. That’s an increase of 25 million prescriptions since 2003 and translates into an estimated 30 million patients in the United States who spent $12 billion on antidepressants in 2007.
With numbers like these, a person might make these assumptions:
- Antidepressants are effective treatments for depression
- There are few, if any, effective alternatives to antidepressants
As reasonable as these assumptions would be based on the popularity of antidepressants, they are both wrong.
For the rest of Chris Kresser’s read click in this link below.
For more tips on treating depression naturally, let’s look too dr. Axe!
Why D is so important!
If you think your depression is worse than mentioned above.
When wanting to get off of a prescription drug, always ask the prescribing doctor to help you with this. This is how Dr. Andrew Saul sometimes advises for severe depression.
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